Japan expects warmer spring

8 years ago by in Featured, Japan

Spring could be warmer than usual in Japan, with a 40 percent chance for Western and Eastern Japan to have above the average temperatures between March and May, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The probability for average temperatures in the two regions is of 40 percent as well.

In Northern Japan, there is a 50 percent chance for above average temperatures and a 30 percent chance of average temperatures during the same period, according to the agency.

The news comes as a relief for the utilities which struggle to meet growing demand, amid a nuclear energy crisis after the 2011 incident at Fukushima plant.

Western utilities Kansai Electric Power Co. and Kyushu Electric Power Co., which have all their reactors offline, have already asked clients to reduce their consumption until March to avoid blackouts.

Japan has been forced to shut down all but two of its nuclear reactors for safety check-ups. The last two operational reactors could be stopped as well, by the end of April.